Behold the Geek! Best of 2011: The Movies

A few winks left and we're about to leave 2011 behind and welcome the brand-new 2012! 2011 was a good year for geeks, with fun TV shows coming out, a slew of comic book movies to watch, and a comic book industry that broke new ground in ways no one even dared to! So join me as we look back in the year that was and award the best, the worst and the different in Behold the Geek!'s Best of 2011!

Let's start with the world of MOVIES! A lot of great movies came out this year, from the flashy Sucker Punch to the mighty Thor. Check out our special awardees, including my pick for Movie of the Year!

WTF Are You Doing? Award -- Green Lantern The Movie

What do you get when you take a popular and visually interesting DC character and add a 200+ million dollar movie budget? It doesn't add up to the Green Lantern movie, that's for sure. Green Lantern was supposed to be DC's next superhero epic that isn't Batman, but what we got was a ho-hum, overproduced mess. I mean, how do you mess up a movie about a guy who can make laser fists with his mind? Apparently the folks at Hollywood had lots of ideas how.

Nothin' But Eye Candy Award -- Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch wasn't that good, but damn if it was a feast for the eyes! Our Nothin' But Eye Candy Awardee was filled with chicks who battled three-story tall samurai armors and dragons in fantastic worlds while wearing miniskirts, leather chaps and chain mail.  Eye candy doesn't even begin to describe what Sucker Punch had, and for what its worth, it's what it had going for it.

Guilty Pleasure Award -- Transformers: Dark of the Moon

I liked it. I know I shouldn't have, but I did. Michael Bay apparently knew the exact amount of Rosie Huntington-Whitely, robots fighting and explosions to trigger this pleasant feeling I get when I actually enjoy a movie. Which in the case of this movie, I really shouldn't have. But as much as I deny it, I watched it twice...and I still liked it. Such sorcery deserves a BtG! Guilty Pleasure Award, and a plea to my handful of readers not to tell anyone.

Movie Villain of the Year, All Years -- Tom Hiddleston as Loki

This is a villain you can't help but root for. Tom Hiddleston's breakout role as Thor's brother Loki set the standard for all comic movie supervillains this year, with a performance so awesome you can't help but sympathize with him. Doe-eyed brother in one scene, snarling psycho the next, sympathetic son in another, Tom Hiddleston played the hell out of the God of Mischief, so much so that his role inspired a million fanarts, gifs and Tumblr blogs dedicated to him!

Magnificent bastard, a true bro and a cool would take a hell of a lot to knock Loki off this pedestal!

BtG! Movie of the Year -- Captain America: The First Avenger

Choosing the best geek-out movie of the year was hard...a LOT of awesome movies came out this year (some of them coming out just a week apart, even!). But if I had to pick the one movie that stood out among the rest this 2011, it's Captain America: The First Avenger.

The Joe Johnston-helmed flick hit all the right notes, starting with Chris Evans' spot-on take as Steve Rogers/Captain America (probably the most perfectly cast role ever!) .The action is superheroic and fun, Peggy and Steve's on-screen romance was the cutest we've seen and the entire movie was chock full of inspiring and epic moments that exemplified what Captain America is all about, and what we should all strive to be. Everything about it defied expectations, making for a highly entertaining movie that's distinctly superheroic, and that's why Captain America: The First Avenger is our Movie of the Year.

Congratulations to our 2011 winners! Thanks for reading and watch out later for the second part of our Behold the Geek! Best of 2011 special, featuring COMIC BOOKS!

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  1. I agree with your picks.. Plus I think X-Men First Class deserves an award as well. The teasers and trailers were ugly but the film was fantastic!

  2. I was debating between Captain America and First Class for movie of the year, but ultimately Cap won out. But yes, I was pleasantly surprised with First Class...such a great, great film!